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The Pony Express was created to expedite communication with the American West.  It consisted of a 2000 mile trail, which started in St. Joseph, Missouri and ended in Sacrament, California.  Men rode horseback for 75 to 100 miles and then passed on their letters to the next rider.  This formed a kind of relay team of postal workers. 

The first ride took place on April 3, 1860.  The Pony Express quickly grew to "100 stations, 80 riders, and 400-500 horses."  Although the trail ride was very dangerous, only one delivery was ever lost.  After ninteen months, The Pony Express closed on October 24, 1861 when the Pacific Telegraph Line was completed.

Want to learn more about these brave and adventurous men?  Look for these titles the next time you visit the library:

Hoofbeats of Danger by Holly Hughes (J AMERICAN GIRL)

Buffalo Bill and the Pony Express by Debbie Dadey (J DADEY)

Jimmy Spoon and the Pony Express by Kristiana Gregory (J GREGORY)

The History of the Oregon Trail and the Pony Express (JDVD 978.02 HIS)

You Wouldn't Want to be a Pony Express Rider by Tom Ratliff (J 383.143 RAT)

Pony Express! by Steven Kroll (J 383.143 KRO)

They're Off! The Story of the Pony Express by Cheryl Harness (J 383.143 HAR)


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